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BREAKING: Amotekun Has Come To Stay — Soyinka

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Nobel Laureate Professor Wole Soyinka has declared that the establishment of Operation Amotekun by Southwest governors ‘has come to stay irrespective of its legality’.

Soyinka said the supplementary security outfit launched in Ibadan last week, came up as a result of series of meetings by the leaders of the region to curb insecurity issues that the existing security bodies have not been able to put an end to.

The Nobel Laureate prize winner made this known at the ongoing press conference at his Kongi’s Harvest Art Gallery, Freedom Park, Lagos, opposing the Justice Minister and Attorney-general of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, who declared the security outfit illegal.

“Amotekun is a result of meetings to curb menace in the region,” he said.

“Some people who have been sleeping all this time, taking belated actions while villages are been wiped out are now telling us this…that people do not have right to flush out the evil ones among them which the exiting security outfits have not been able to do.”

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“I think they should go back to sleep because Amotekun has come to stay,” he added.

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JUST IN: Uzodinma Sacks Chairmen Of Boards, Parastatals Appointed By Ihedioha

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The Governor of Imo State, Sen. Hope Uzodinma, has ordered the immediate dissolution of boards of all government parastatals and agencies in the state.

He gave the order barely 48 hours after his inauguration.

The sacked chairmen and members of boards were appointed by Emeka Ihedioha, who was himself sacked from the seat of the governor by the Supreme Court on Tuesday.

Uzodinma’s newly-appointed Chief Press Secretary, Chief Press Secretary Oguwuike Nwachukwu, confirmed the development.

The sacked persons were directed to hand over government properties in their possession to the most senior civil servants in the various affected MDAs on or before the close of work on Friday.

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Recall that ORIENTAL TIMES earlier reported that the governor suspended all contracts awarded by his predecessor, citing fraudulent activities of some government functionaries.

“Particular note has been taken of some parastatals where the contract letters and agreements are being backdated.

“Therefore Governor Hope Uzodinma has directed the suspension of all award of contracts in the state public service except with due authorisation from the office of the governor,” a statement signed by T.U.C Okonkwo, Principal Secretary to the Governor, read.

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Ihedioha: Imo General Assembly Reveals What ‘Powers That Be’ Want To Use S/Court Judgement To Achieve In Igboland

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The Imo General Assembly, IGA, Friday, alleged that the Supreme Court judgement that unseated Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha and installed Senator Hope Uzodinma as the governor of Imo State was meant to set brothers against each other and to cause crisis in Imo State and South East in general.

In a statement by the President of the Nnewi chapter of IGA, Hon. Chinedu Igwe, “almost everyone in Imo state backed the candidature of the former governor, Emeka Ihedioha because Owerri zone has never produced the governor of the state since 1999.”

Former governor Ihedioha was running people-oriented administration before his government was truncated by the supreme court judgement, which was actually aimed at causing trouble in Imo state and South East, but the good people of Imo State have as usual and in spite of the provocation of the judgement and the misrule of the immediate past All Progressive Congress, APC, government, demonstrated the highest level of maturity, by remaining calm in the face of the provocation and the people behind the judgement.”

On the question whether the new APC government in Imo State will receive the support of the disappointed people of the state, Hon. Igwe said, “Imo people cannot readily support the new governor until he rolls out his program for the state.”

“With the emergence of Sen Hope Uzodinma as the Imo state governor, it does appear that God is speaking to the people of the state and if God is actually the one talking to us, the new governor will do well to govern us with the fear of God, but I believe the reverse will not be the case and I hope that Uzodinma will not turn out to be a serpent and stone for Imolites like his APC predecessor.

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“I must emphasize that if the plan of the powers that be in Nigeria was to cause mayhem in Imo state with the Supreme Court judgement, they have failed woefully, their plan of penetrating Igbo land with their inhuman policies the people have resisted will not work, our people will still resist them and such evil plans, Nigerians know the evil plans and policies we have resisted.”

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Imo: Uzodinma Suspends All Contracts Awarded By Ihedioha

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Hope Uzodinma, the new Governor of Imo state has suspended all contracts awarded by his predecessor, Emeka Ihedioha.

According to Daily Post, the newly sworn-in Governor faulted his decision on the fraudulent activities of “some government functionaries entering into contract agreements on behalf of the government without reference to the newly-sworn in governor.”

T.U.C Okonkwo, Principal Secretary to the Governor disclosed this in a Press statement,

“Particular note has been taken of some parastatals where the contract letters and agreements are being backdated.

“Therefore Governor Hope Uzodinma has directed the suspension of all award of contracts in the state public service except with due authorisation from the office of the governor.”

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“The government has also suspended all contracts already awarded for which mobilisation fees have not been paid , bearing in mind that the post-no-debit order imposed by the state government on all accounts operated by ministries, departments and agencies still subsists.”

“By this directive, all board chairmen and members are by the notice directed to handover all government documents and properties to the chief executive or most senior public servants in the respective parastatals and agencies where the chief executive is not a public servant.”

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